WE SEE from events in Iraq, Nigeria, and around the world that evil has emerged in this universe. Evil from within man. The stark scary images from “El Cid” have become real. Fanaticism has raised its head. It won’t be defeated by contemporary European (and increasingly, American) passivity. Only by the strength of heroes who believe in the true God of peace and love—who carry the chivalric virtues which once made Western civilization irresistible.
Friday, June 13, 2014
With radical Islam on the march across the globe, from Nigeria to Pakistan to Iraq, the 1961 movie EL CID, the greatest movie ever made—the ultimate cinematic experience—is more timely than ever. Fanaticism 1,000 years ago. Fanaticism now.
Watch the film. (To do the film justice, watch it on as large a screen as possible.)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
One can contrast the epic new “Noah” movie with “El Cid” to see how America’s cultural psychology has changed in 50+ years. Like all movies today, “Noah” looks dark. The dark shadings of the costumes and cinematography match the story’s dark tone. Our civilization is going through a period of cultural despair. Values have been rejected. The future appears hopeless.
“El Cid” used darkness as counterpoint. As an opposite. That which must be fought. The bulk of the movie presents brightness—the gorgeous colors of nature. It’s a pleasure to view. “El Cid” is one of the most beautiful looking movies ever produced.
FAITH OR DESPAIR?
Anymore, that seems to be the choice. (Excluding mindless hedonists of course.) We’ve seen what happens to nations which have rejected faith. Russia—the remains of the Soviet Union—is a case in point.
Vladimir Putin is nothing if not a rationalist. He witnessed the fruits of socialism and atheism. Russia is a dying nation. He’s struggling to reverse this. In so doing, he recognizes the necessity of religion. The benefits of spiritual purpose—portrayed so well in “El Cid.” A belief. A cause. Something higher than the here and now.
Russia is trying to renew itself, to climb out of the deep well of despair—while we’re moving tragically in the other direction.